Volume 4: December 2006


Green Roofs and Biodiversity

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Guest Editor's Introduction

Until recently, the design of green roofs was based almost entirely on engineering considerations. Much has been written about how extensive green roofs—those that are grown on a shallow substrate and require little irrigation or other maintenance—affect building performance, especially energy consumption and storm-water retention. More...

Long-Term Vegetation Research on Two Extensive Green Roofs in Berlin

Manfred Köhler

University of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg, Brodaer Str. 2, 17041 Neubrandenburg, Germany

Space for Urban Wildlife: Designing Green Roofs as Habitats in Switzerland

Stephan Brenneisen

University of Applied Sciences Wädenswil (HSW), Grüental, Postfach 335, CH 8820 Wädenswil, Switzerland

Ground-Nesting Birds on Green Roofs in Switzerland: Preliminary Observations

Nathalie Baumann

University of Applied Sciences Wädenswil, Dept. of Natural Resources Sciences Green Roof Competence Centre, Grüental, Postfach 335, 8820 Wädenswil, Switzerland

Extensive Green Roofs in London

Gary Grant

EcoSchemes Ltd, Unit 1, Coombe Lane, Axminster, EX13 5AS, U.K.

Rare Invertebrates Colonizing Green Roofs in London

Gyongyver Kadas

Royal Holloway University of London, Biological Sciences, 4 West Heath Drive, London NW11 7QH U.K.

Green Roofs and Facades: A Habitat Template Approach

Jeremy T. Lundholm

Saint Mary's University, Department of Biology/Environmental Studies Program, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3C3 Canada


The Floristic Composition and Community Structure of the Forest Park Woodland, Queens County, New York

Carsten W. Glaeser

City University of New York, Herbert H. Lehman College, Department of Biological Sciences, 250 Bedford Park Blvd., Bronx, NY 10468

Short-Tailed Shrews (Blarina brevicauda) Exhibit Unusual Behavior in an Urban Environment

Virgil Brack Jr.

Indiana State University, Department of Ecology and Organismal Biology, Terre Haute, Indiana 47089

Habitat Observations of Geum vernum in Kings Point Park, Long Island, and a Discussion of the Species' Potential Invasiveness in New York State

Andrew M. Greller,¹ Virginia Dankel,² and David C. Locke³

¹ Queens College, Biology Department, Queens College, CUNY, Flushing, New York 11367
² c/o BOCES of Nassau County, 2850 North Jerusalem Road, Wantagh, New York 11554
³ Queens College, Chemistry Department, Queens College, CUNY, Flushing, New York 11367


Skinny Streets and Green Neighborhoods: Design for Environment and Community by Cynthia Girling and Ronald Kellett

Carmela Canzonieri

Photo: Extensive green roof on a private residence in London, England. © Gary Grant